Let me tell you about a story about a time where anime helped me pass one of my courses in college; the name of the anime is called Spice and Wolf and the course was economics. Now some of you might be thinking, “There is no way an anime can teach you enough to pass a college course!” and if you were thinking that, well, you’re right! But it did help me understand economics in a more fun way and helped get a pretty high grade by using the wisdom of Holo for some of my assignments (take that real life!) So what am I trying to say besides how anime is awesome? I’m saying that anime can not only aid us emotionally and teach us things in the feelings department, but can also teach us about important real life things like how Cory in the House is the best anime ever made…
Seriously though, anime is much more than learning about ethics, morals, and our ninja ways and there are some anime out there that give us some pretty interesting and realistic lessons and information about subjects like: economics, agriculture, and even about the anime industry and how it works. Here are some anime that teaches you about those subjects:
Spice and Wolf
Brief summary: Spice and Wolf is an anime set in the middle ages in Europe and follows a 25 year old peddler by the name of Kraft Lawrence who is travelling from town to town selling and buying various items to make a living. One day, when stopped at the town of Pasroe, he meets a 250 year old wolf deity by the name of Holo and they start hustling people together.
Subject learned: Economics. So how useful is economics? Very! By studying economics, you gain the ability to understand pricing and how much purchasing power you have with your currency and what things would be worth what in various places. Ever wonder why some things are more expensive in one country compared to another or why things are getting more and more expensive? Economics, that’s why!
Brief summary: Yuka Kusakabe is a famous idol that not only shocked the world when she announced her retirement from the entertainment business, but also his biggest fan Kosaku Hata. Being shocked, he decides to give up on life and stay in his room until his classmates at the Tamo Agriculture School manages to snap him out of it and bring him out of his room to attend class. As class is about to begin, the teacher introduces a new transfer student which happens to be the idol Yuka.
Subject learned: Agriculture. Agriculture is an interesting subject to learn because it teaches you the science and practice of farming from plants to meat. It may not sound interesting to learn but learning where your food comes from and the hard work put behind it makes you appreciate the privilege of eating even a salad.
Brief summary: Five high school besties each specializing in a different role for the anime industry (Voice actor, writing, animation, production, artist) wants to make their dream come true: To create a professional anime.
Subject learned: Anime industry. This anime is a must watch for everyone who was ever interested in creating anime! This series teaches you A LOT about the anime industry, especially when it comes to the production phase and is a great learn.
There are many other anime out there that can teach you a lot, but I wanted to point out these 3 specifically because it’s rare to see anime that teaches you pretty in-depth about the subjects but these 3 give you quite a bit of knowledge in the subjects they are based around.
Do you know any anime that you feel taught you a lot? What about the kinds of interesting things anime taught you? Please comment because I would love to get some recommendations and would also love to hear about the stuff you guys learned!
Other anime you may want to keep an eye on are these:
Girls Und Panzer – Tanks
Overdrive – Bikes
Crossgame – Baseball
Dagashi Kashi – Japanese Snacks
Yumeiro Patissiere – Making Pastries
Amaama to Inazuma – Japanese cooking
Bakuman – Manga industry